|Scientific Name:||Julidochromis marlieri|
|Species Authority:||Poll, 1956|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)|
Widespread species in Lake Tanganyika with no major widespread threats identified.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Tanganyika. Distributed in the northwestern part of lake. Has three races, one is found below the shallow habitat of Julidochromis dickfeldi around cape Chipimbi, also in the south, and posses a much more elongate body than the usual type of marlieri found in the north. Another geographic race has been found on the western shores.|
Native:Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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|Population:||The population size is not known, thought to be rare.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||J. merlieri do venture into the open, but never far from the rock cover. Breed in crevices and caves. The behaviour of the fry is not standardized. Sometimes they are spread outside of the cave as soon as they are 15 mm long. When threatened, they do not hide in the nearby breeding cave but flee along the boulder wall. At other times the fry remain inside of the cave and apparently do not venture out until they are much larger.|
|Major Threat(s):||Water pollution; sedimentation; land agriculture around the lake; fishing activities; over exploitation for aquarium trade – since its first exportation in 1971 it has reached worldwide popularity among aquarists.|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no conservation measures in place for this species.|
Brichard, P. 1989. Pierre Brichard's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Tanganyika. THF Publications Inc., Neptune, United States.
Daget, J., Gosse, J.P., Teugels, G.G. and Thys van den Audenaerde, D.F.E. (eds). 1991. Check-list of the Freshwater Fishes of Africa (CLOFFA IV) ISNB, Brussels and MRAC, Tervuren, Belgium, and ORSTOM, Paris, France.
IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 04 May 2006.
Poll, M. 1956. Poissons Cichlidae. In: Exploration Hydrobiologique du Lac Tanganika (1946–1947). Résultats scientifiques. 3(5B): 390–394. Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium.
|Citation:||Bigirimana, C. 2006. Julidochromis marlieri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 April 2014.|
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